Minimum wage increase
As of July 1, the minimum wage is now $10 per hour.
Wi t h t h e recent 50-cent increase, it represents the final step of the Provincial Government’s 2007 Blueprint commitment of achieving a minimum of $10 per hour by 2010.
Human Resources, Labour and Employment Minister Susan Sullivan noted with this increase Newfoundland and Labrador will have the second highest minimum wage in the country, behind only Ontario.
The current series of increases began in January 1, 2009, with minimum wage increasing by 50cents every six months.
Mr s . S u l l i v a n s a i d this approach was taken to allow the increases to balance the desire to raise the minimum wage with employers’ ability to prepare for the increase. The minimum wage has now increased approximately 67 per cent over the past fiveyears.
As with the pervious changes to the minimum wage, any future changes will be considered in collaboration with employers and workers. Legislation now requires the provincial minimum wage be reviewed every two years.